In 2007, Kirsten Brydum was traveling the United States to campaign for presidential candidate Barack Obama. She was shot in the head in New Orleans while riding her bicycle at night. NOPD originally claimed that her bicycle was not stolen and that robbery did not appear to be a motive. Police also said her dead body laid on the sidewalk for hours and no one even called the police. City workers doing post-Katrina repairs finally called police when they saw her.
The San Fransisco Chronicle simply changed the story and claimed she was murdered for her bicycle while on vacation.
Friends of Brydum said it was a ratty, old bicycle with no value. They also said she arrived in New Orleans, via train, as an activist to campaign for Barack Obama. Before she arrived in New Orleans, she had been protesting the RNC National Convention.
An accused black serial killer has now confessed to her murder and three others. At least one of the other victims is a white female. The other two victims are females, but their race has not been disclosed.